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CTMH’s Operation Smile True Love Stamps Ready to Retire

True Love stamp set for Operation Smile by CTMH, Charming Cascades stamp set, Wiper card, fun fold card

I recently had a Fun Folds card workshop in my home and here is one of the cards we made!  It’s a wiper card and features several of CTMH’s retiring stamp sets:  True Love (Operation Smile set where $7 is donated from each set sold) and Charming Cascades.  Additionally, and shockingly!!, Close To My Heart is retiring Colonial White so if you want to stock up on it, now is the time because after August 31st, these items will no longer be available.

This was my first Wiper Card and I found a great tutorial here, with clear directions and lots of photos!  Here’s what the card looks like open – it’s so fun and it really is super simple to make…

True Love stamp set for Operation Smile by CTMH, Charming Cascades stamp set, Wiper card, fun fold card

Since CTMH is holding it’s Stampaganza sale – where you buy 2 stamp sets and get a third one FREE! – now is a great time to get these retiring stamps.  The sale applies to the special release stamps, the base catalog and the Seasonal Expressions 2 catty!  Lots to choose from and you can repeat this special deal as often as you want in one order…how great is that?!?

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What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

I used Copic markers to color in my little guy but other than that, all supplies are from CTMH.  I found by inking up just the one end of Charming Cascades, I could get this color variety but stamping offset to the previous stamped image.  I think a whole background done like this would be great for a birthday or graduation card.

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Not Your Average Unicorn Stamp! CTMH’s Little Dreamer for Cardmaking.

Little Dreamer - CTMH's cardmaking stamp set, Glitter paper makes the perfect cloud, watercolor background | CAS cards | Have a Magical Day!

Soft, easy watercolor backgrounds are everywhere these days!  I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for my unicorn – doesn’t she look like she’s prancing through a patch of fluffy, glitter clouds?  This card makes me smile!

Little Dreamer for cardmaking is one of CTMH’s new stamp sets in their Seasonal Expressions 2 catty.    It’s live through the end of August and you can take advantage of this month’s Stampaganza sale – where CTMH lets you buy 2 stamps and then get a third one FREE!  Now you may not normally be a “unicorn” fan – and heavens knows, there are a LOT to choose from out there! – but what I like about this Close To My Heart set is that you can “build” it with different colors…like look at her two-toned horn!  I also used a totally different color scheme and sentiment on this card.  The tail can also go down, straight out or tilt upwards.  I’ve also made this little unicorn into a very cute horse.  I’ll be sharing that idea shortly with you!

Little Dreamer - CTMH's cardmaking stamp set, Glitter paper makes the perfect cloud, watercolor background | CAS cards | Have a Magical Day!

This card has just the right amount of magical sparkle!  If you don’t like to fussy cut, the great news is that CTMH has started carrying thin cut dies to match many of their stamp sets.  woot woot!

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

I did use my scallop dies from a|s to die cut CTMH’s White Glitter paper (this comes in several different colors).  I also gave this card a spritz of Stardust Finishing spray. All other CTMH supplies you can find below…

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heARTful stamping challenge winners!

CTMH Wintery Wishes ideas from varied Close To My Heart consultants, Stampaganza!
The other day CTMH asked folks which of the Stampaganza re-released stamps were their favorites…I have 2! It’s Wintery Wishes and Paper Bird. During Stampaganza, you can buy 2 stamps sets and get 1 more FREE that’s of equal or lessor value. On top of that, CTMH dusted off some oldies but goodies and made them available again during July. You should take a look!  I created these collages with samples from other Close To My Heart consultants since I do not have them in my collection {yet!}.

CTMH Paper Bird ideas from varied Close To My Heart consultants, Stampaganza!

Well, on to announcing the winners of last week’s beach themed heARTful stamping challenge.  We had just a few players, but as usual, the entries are amazing.  Thank you!

Annemis

Gail Scott (first entry)

Art Tart Talks – Melissa (first entry)

Looks like we have some first time winners so please feel free to grab your blog badges and I hope you and everyone will return for this week’s birthday theme at heARTful stamping challenges!  I don’t know about you, but I always need birthday cards!  

heARTful stamping challenge – Birthdays!

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Happy Birthday + a stamp

Jul 9 – Jul 16

I don’t know about you, but I typically send a LOT of birthday cards.  So, how about a birthday theme at heARTful stamping challenge?  I hope you will like the design team’s rubber stamped cards and that they give you some card making ideas.  Normally throughout the month I have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  You can also see last week’s heARTful stamping challenge which goes until Sunday night, midnight, right here.

July’s prize winner will receive this Petite Perks stamp set from CTMH.  They are tiny – perfect for a tag or on a card.

 

This Week’s Inspiration

Juliet is back this week with more Swirly Seashells from CTMH.  I’m really sad to see this set retire Jul 31 – it looks amazing colored in like she did last week, or left very natural as in this card.  I love how she stamped tone on tone but over a patterned paper.  CTMH is also retiring Memo Fundamentals at the end of the month.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from CMTH’s new Seasonal Expressions 2 catty – it’s called Prickly Pear cardmaking set.

Swirly Seashells from CTMH - retiring Jul 31, Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set from CTMH, handmade birthday card

supplies: Swirly Seashells stamp set, Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set, Memo Fundamental paper, White Daisy cardstock

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Cyndi is back this week with another great card she created with the new CTMH Workshops Your Way No Worries scrapbooking kit.  I love these kits because they always include paper, sequins and some ribbon.  Then, depending on your choice, you can get Complements or a stamp set. What a great card!  And, I love how Cyndi worked in some of the fun senitments from CTMH’s Some Kinda Wonderful set.  That’s from the first Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog but you can still get it while supplies last.

No Worries Scrapbooking kit from CTMH, Some Kinda Wonderful stamp set, DIY

 supplies:  Workshops Your Way No Worries Scrapbooking kit, Some Kinda Wonderful stamp set, White Daisy cardstock

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With school getting out for summer break, I was able to finally have some cardmaking workshops in my home again.  woohoo!  I created this card for my Fun Folds series and it features a dutch door styled card.  I have been having a LOT of fun with this little bear from CTMH’s new set called Jack – cardmaking stamp.  It has a lot of fun detail stamps.  I really have loved working with the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack and am sad that CTMH is retiring that July 31.  Oh, and there is that great birthday sentiment again!

Jack cardmaking stamp set, Rustic Home Fundamentals - all supplies CTMH, dutch door card fold, fun fold card design, Chris Franco Close To My Heart consultant

I created a template to create this picket fence.  I scored my template every inch and then cut a “v” at each scoreline to give me that jagged top.  It worked perfectly…  Isn’t it adorable when you open it up?!  I love the inside of the card.

Jack cardmaking stamp set, Rustic Home Fundamentals - all supplies CTMH, dutch door card fold, fun fold card design, Chris Franco Close To My Heart consultant

supplies: Jack cardmaking stamp set, Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set, Kraft cardstock, White Daisy cardstock, New England Ivy and Sapphire inks, Archival black ink, Watercolor pencils

In case you haven’t heard – CTMH is running Stampaganza this month which means when you buy 2 stamp sets, you get another 1 stamp set for FREE!

 I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!


CTMH Retiring Lots of Stamps including Way To Go

CTMH Way To Go retires Jul 31, CAS Happy Everything card, love the scalloped border

I CASEd this card from another Close To My Heart consultant (but I don’t remember who – I’m sorry!) because I love how many pieces it used from CTMH’s Way To Go stamp set.  It’s fun to use and intermix many stamps to make a card, but it’s equally satisfying to use just one stamp set to make a whole card!  I love all of the fun “ribbons and banners” in this set, but I also love the fancy font in Way To Go.  Perhaps my favorite part though, is that scalloped border!  Turn it around and it’s the perfect cloudy sky outline 🙂

So, this is one of the stamp sets CTMH is retiring at the end of the month.  They are also retiring the color of the year:  Sea Glass.  This is a good time to stock up on paper and get your reinker before they are gone.

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

I did use a couple of different inks on this card, but by doing “second generation” stamping – that is not reinking and stamping a second time – I managed to get even more color variation.  It’s a great rubber stamping technique!

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ctmh stampaganza

Are you interested in some of the retiring stamp sets?  Now is a great time to order during CTMH’s Stampaganza!  They are clearing out for the new catalog and are offering a special:  Buy 2 stamp sets and get 1 for free.  It’s a great time to have a party!  Just had one friend hostess her own workshop and she earned the $25 in free product + 2 free stamp set + the STOM for just $5.  It’s a great time to schedule a gathering – ask me how!!